Rory MacDonald vs. Carlos Condit 2: 3 Reasons to Make It Happen
Rory MacDonald put his money where his mouth is and defeated B.J. Penn in their bout on UFC on Fox 5.
While talking to Joe Rogan after the fight, MacDonald took the microphone and called out a former opponent of his.
That man is the only one to hand him a loss so far in his UFC career. That man, if you haven't already guessed, is former interim welterweight champion, Carlos Condit.
Both men are elite fighters right now in the UFC. Let's take a closer look at three reasons the UFC should match them up for the second time.
Their First Fight Was Competitive
MacDonald and Condit met way back at UFC 115.
It was MacDonald's second UFC fight at that time. Despite that, he gave Condit everything he could handle.
Both fighters stood and traded blows without giving an inch. When the fight hit the mat, it stayed exciting and competitive with position and heavy ground-and-pound.
Condit roared back in the third and finished MacDonald with seven seconds left on the clock.
Their first fight was a joy to watch. Imagine a second one, knowing how both of these guys perform now.
Both Have Greatly Improved
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Since their meeting at UFC 115, both fighters have improved in leaps and bounds.
MacDonald has shown his improved striking against B.J. Penn. He was stringing some beautiful combinations together.
His wrestling is also excellent, and once he gets his opponents to the ground, you can bet on seeing some lethal ground-and-pound.
Condit has been equally impressive. His striking is fast and powerful. His submissions are slick and dangerous. He's also unpredictable, creative and hard to finish.
Couple all that with champion experience, and you have a dangerous fighter.
Who wouldn't want to see a couple of elite fighters duke it out?
It Would Be a Good Indicator of Where MacDonald Stands
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Easily the biggest win on MacDonald's resume to date is B.J. Penn. He has beaten the likes of Penn, Mike Pyle, Che Mills and Nate Diaz.
MacDonald wants to be considered elite in the welterweight division. If he fights and beats Condit, that will prove it once and for all.
We know that MacDonald has excellent skills. Put him against Condit, and you will quickly be able to tell if he's ready for the best the division has to offer or if he needs a few more fights before he's ready.
Whatever the outcome, the fight would a thrilling back-and-forth war. The UFC could also play up the revenge element from MacDonald's angle.
This fight will no doubt provide answers, so here's hoping we see this matchup sooner rather than later.
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